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Bus tour promotes Atlanta tourism jobs

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

The launch of a bus tour is putting the spotlight on Atlanta tourism jobs.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s weekly public bus tours of the Atlanta BeltLine have resumed.

The tour — described by New York Times as “a litmus test of Atlanta civic pride” — follows the entire planned Atlanta BeltLine 22-mile loop, passing through each of the 45 neighborhoods that the trail connects.

Knowledgeable guides offer insight into the project’s past, present and future, providing tour-goers with an interactive learning experience about the project and surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Bus tour tickets are $25 a seat and can be purchased at beltline.org/tours.
  • Tour buses are ADA-compliant and comfortably seat 32 guests.
  • Tours run on a three hour loop, departing every Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
  • With the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station currently under renovation, tours will temporarily leave from and return to the Glenwood Kroger at 800 Glenwood Ave SE
  • Tours typically depart from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA Station).

Company creates real estate jobs in Atlanta

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

One company is expanding and creating more real estate jobs in Atlanta.

Norfolk Southern Corporation plans to relocate its headquarters to Atlanta.

“Alignment, collaboration, and accountability are the hallmarks of Norfolk Southern’s plan to transform this company and its culture. Our new headquarters in Atlanta advances these key elements of success,” proclaimed Jim Squires, chairman, president and chief executive officer, addressing employees this morning. “Our potential has always been great and now is greater still, as we bring together all of our headquarters functions into a single, integrated team.”

“Norfolk Southern is grateful to the city of Norfolk and the commonwealth of Virginia for their support of our company over the last three plus decades,” Squires continued. “We look forward to the continued growth of our business in the commonwealth as the many operating employees who remain serve the customers and promote economic development in this integral part of our network.”

“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders such as Norfolk Southern who seek an expansive infrastructure network, a culture of collaboration, and ready-to-work communities. This announcement also reinforces Georgia’s distinction as the Southeast’s gateway to global commerce. We appreciate Norfolk Southern’s significant investment in Fulton County and look forward to celebrating the company’s future growth and continued success.”

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms added, “With a shared history dating back to 1846, we are proud Norfolk Southern now calls Atlanta home. This relocation was made possible, in part, by the passing of the Gulch deal and is a reminder that great things happen when our public and private sectors work together. Norfolk Southern will be a great addition to our city, and I look forward to partnering with them as we work to build One Atlanta.”

To create its new headquarters, Norfolk Southern is in advanced discussions to purchase a site from Cousins Properties at 650 West Peachtree St. NW, in the heart of Midtown Atlanta’s growing intersection of corporate, technological, and academic power. In addition, Norfolk Southern intends to engage Cousins Properties to manage the development of its new headquarters. Details of this engagement are expected during the first quarter of 2019.

Department may focus on Atlanta transportation jobs

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

A newly created department may focus on Atlanta transportation jobs.

Atlanta’s first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) will be established by the mayor to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets and bring new vision and leadership to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population. The move is a key pillar of Mayor Bottoms’ One Atlanta agenda, connecting neighborhoods with each other and with jobs, schools and services, and providing more equitable transportation choices for Atlantans.

“I have publicly spoken about my grandmother, who rode MARTA to work every day for 30 years and the generational impact her ability to simply get to and from work has had on my family. Like my grandmother there are many working families who rely on public transportation. But the importance of transportation extends beyond buses and trains,” said Mayor Bottoms at today’s State of the City Address.  “Today, I am proud to announce the creation of Atlanta’s first dedicated Department of Transportation, a one-stop-shop, combining the work of multiple City departments, to better deliver for Atlanta’s mobility future.”

The Atlanta Regional Commission forecasts that the Metro Atlanta region will add more than 2.5 million people and 1 million jobs by 2040, making forward-thinking transportation strategies critical. The management of Atlanta’s more than 1,500 miles of streets is currently dispersed across numerous city agencies. City officials will look to create a one-stop transportation agency that combines the road construction and repair operations of the City’s Department of Public Works with the long-term planning capabilities of the Department of City Planning’s Office of Mobility. These duties will be integrated with the infrastructure investment program of the Renew Atlanta Bond / TSPLOST, which manages capital roadway projects backed with dedicated, voter-approved funding streams.

The new agency will manage a range of transportation improvements from roadway repair and maintenance to sidewalk and bike lane construction to installing and upgrading streetlights and traffic signals, making streets more accessible to people of every age and ability. Combining multiple functions into a single unit with a common vision will enable the new agency to streamline its funding and project delivery pipelines, and to ensure that all roadway projects meet Atlanta’s long-term economic and mobility goals.

“For two years, I’ve envisioned and worked to establish an Atlanta Department of Transportation because our residents deserve better coordination, effectiveness, mobility and citizen engagement from our transportation network,” said Andre Dickens, Post 3 At-Large Representative, Atlanta City Council. “I would like to thank Mayor Bottoms for her full support and several key members of her cabinet for working with us to plan, design and implement this new department.”

Atlanta City Council authorized a study on the creation of a DOT in 2017, and the Mayor’s Office began a feasibility review and internal assessment last year. City Council will now review the Mayor’s proposal and must enact legislation authorizing the standalone transportation department, the structural organization of which will be set up throughout the spring. Mayor Bottoms has also authorized the drafting of a strategic transportation plan to establish the vision and set key goals and accountability measures for the new agency.

Sales jobs in Atlanta created

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

More sales jobs in Atlanta are being created, according to recent labor statistics.

Salesforce, the global customer relationship management (CRM) leader, will create 600 jobs and invest $12.25 million to significantly expand its presence in Atlanta. The company will grow its footprint to seven floors in its existing building, The Atlanta Plaza, located at 950 East Paces Ferry in Buckhead. The building will now be known as Salesforce Tower Atlanta.

“Georgia continues to attract high caliber companies at an unprecedented rate,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “As the global leader in CRM, Salesforce will have continued access to our leading university system, deep talent pool and technology infrastructure to further scale their presence in the state.”

Salesforce Tower Atlanta joins the ranks of other regional headquarters, including Salesforce Tower New York, Salesforce Tower Indianapolis, Salesforce Tower London, and the company’s worldwide headquarters, Salesforce Tower San Francisco.

“Salesforce continues to reach new heights and we’re thrilled to further our commitment to the city of Atlanta,” said Elizabeth Pinkham, EVP, Real Estate, Salesforce. “Salesforce Tower Atlanta provides a one-of-a-kind workspace where all of our employees can do the best work of their lives while supporting the community by giving back.”

Plans for the building include a renovated immersive lobby experience and top floor “Ohana Floor,” an open hospitality space available for nonprofits and local education groups on weeknights and weekends at no cost. Salesforce will start moving into the newly renovated floors beginning in 2019.

“Top global tech firms like Salesforce are choosing Atlanta to access our highly skilled workforce, advanced technology infrastructure and academic institutions,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “A majority of Atlanta’s recent new business activity has been in technology and related industry sectors, which has created more than 2,300 new technology-focused jobs so far this year. We are proud to have Salesforce plant deeper roots in Atlanta and look forward to working closely with the company as they continue to grow here.”

GDEcD Senior Project Manager Randall Toussaint represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Invest Atlanta and Georgia Power.

Atlanta tourism jobs grow

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The state is celebrating the growth of Atanta tourism jobs, among other locations.

Georgia tourism industry professionals from across the state for the annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol to recognize the importance of the tourism industry in Georgia.

“Georgia’s tourism industry continues to break visitation and impact records, helping to boost our economy and sustain more than 460,000 jobs for hardworking Georgians,” said Governor Kemp. “I look forward to working with industry leaders in the months and years ahead to spur job creation, encourage investment, and make Georgia #1 for small business.”

The state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.1 billion in economic impact in 2017, for an increase of 3.8 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. Leaders in the industry presented Governor Kemp with a check representing the $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenue generated by tourism-related expenditures in 2017.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our industry partners in hospitality and tourism,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “These entrepreneurs and innovators are committed to creating new tourism product and enhancing existing experiences across the state. Thanks to them, it’s no surprise when visitors come back to Georgia again and again.”

Within the pages of the guide, readers will find inspiring feature stories that take them through the history of civil rights on Georgia’s Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Trail, offer a glimpse into Georgia’s past and natural treasures at one of Georgia’s 63 State Parks and Historic Sites, and entice travelers to take the road less traveled on epic road trips, like Georgia Grown Trail 37.

Manufacturing company creates Atlanta jobs

Monday, February 25th, 2019

One manufacturing company is expanding and creating more Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

he Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that ZKTeco, a global manufacturer of RFID and biometric technology security solutions, will create forty (40) new jobs and invest over $5 million in the relocation and expansion of its U.S. headquarters to Alpharetta. Newly created job placements will consist of inside sales, technical support, research and development, light assembly, quality control, and logistics personnel.

“I am pleased to welcome ZKTeco to Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “As global companies seek to expand in North America, they are finding that Georgia is an ideal location in terms of accessibility, cost-effectiveness, access to skilled talent, and an excellent quality of life. I am confident that ZKTeco made the right decision to locate their U.S. headquarters in Alpharetta.”

Currently based in Fairfield, New Jersey, ZKTeco USA is the subsidiary of ZKTeco, the world’s largest developer and manufacturer of RFID and biometric recognition technology, including fingerprint, facial, finger-vein, and palm-vein readers. ZKTeco has more than 3,500 employees operating from twenty-eight (28) global subsidiaries located in the U.S., China, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, U.K., Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Dubai, India, and many more.

The new location also boasts of a 5,000 square feet state-of-the-art customer experience center where customers can physically interact with some the latest advancements in biometric and Artificial Intelligence technology, which is now prevalent in numerous access control, time and attendance, and targeted advertising applications.

Eliminating box to affect Atlanta jobs

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Eliminating a certain box on a job application will impact Atlanta jobs.

Atlanta has removed the salary history question on employment applications in an effort to ensure fair hiring practices.

“The City of Atlanta has taken a critical step toward the elimination of pay discrimination by removing salary history questions on employment applications,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Too often, salary history can trap employees in an unfair earnings cycle based on history rather than their skill set. Now, employees can be compensated based on their qualifications, experience and merit. Closing the wage gap and prioritizing equal pay policies helps ensure Citywide economic parity and moves us closer to a more equitable One Atlanta.”

Studies have shown that on average, women earn 80 cents for every dollar their male counterpart earns.

For women of color, the wage gap is even more disparate. Black women on average earn 62 cents for every dollar their white male counterpart earns.

For Latinas, the gap is 53 cents for every dollar—or 47 percent less.

Mayor Bottoms’ move to remove salary history questions from the City’s hiring practices builds upon Atlanta’s decision to ban a requirement for people with criminal convictions to disclose that information job applications in 2014.

The mandated change to employment applications has been updated in print and online.

The Office of Human Resources will also remove the salary history question from verbal interviews and employment screenings.

Company creates sales jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

One company is expanding and creating more sales jobs in Atlanta.

Salesforce Tower Atlanta, significantly expanding the company’s regional headquarters in Atlanta. As part of the expansion, Salesforce plans to add 600 new jobs locally, helping fuel the city’s economic development over the next five years.

The company will grow its footprint in The Atlanta Plaza in Buckhead, which will now be known as Salesforce Tower Atlanta.

Salesforce Tower Atlanta joins the ranks of other Salesforce regional headquarters, including Salesforce Tower New York, Salesforce Tower Indianapolis, Salesforce Tower London, and the company’s worldwide headquarters, Salesforce Tower San Francisco.

Salesforce will start moving into the newly renovated floors beginning in 2019.

Plans for the building include a renovated immersive lobby experience and top floor “Ohana Floor”, an open hospitality space for Salesforce employees, customers and partners, which is also available for nonprofits and local education groups on weeknights and weekends at no cost.

Salesforce has been named one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for the past 10 years and was recently ranked one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Salesforce Tower Atlanta will be a hub for world-class, diverse talent, enabling the company to deliver innovations to its more than 150,000 customers around the world. Salesforce has nearly 600 employees in the Atlanta area and more than 32,000 employees worldwide. Atlanta is home to many Salesforce customers including Coca-Cola, InterContinental Hotels Group, SunTrust and Kabbage.

Salesforce employees in Atlanta are committing to deliver 25,000 total employee volunteer hours to local nonprofits in 2019. To date, Salesforce technology has powered more than 37,000 nonprofit and higher education institutions; Salesforce.org has provided more than $230 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 3.2 million volunteer hours throughout the world.

Atlanta jobs increase

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Atlanta is busy adding more jobs to the economy.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Atlanta set another record in December for total jobs.

At the same time, monthly numbers increased for labor force and number of employed. And, Atlanta maintained annual growth in all critical measures.

“Georgia had a very good year economically speaking in 2018,” Butler said. “As I look back over the year, our state added to its workforce, employed more residents and increased jobs. Many of our local communities set records.”

The unemployment rate for December, at 3.4 percent, was up 0.4 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 4.1 percent. That rate was tied for second lowest among the 14 MSAs. The rate increased in 13 of the 14 MSAs.

The labor force in Atlanta climbed by 21,459 in December to reach 3.1 million. That number is up by about 40,000 over the past year – an average monthly increase of about 3,400.

Atlanta added 7,805 employed residents in December, pushing the total to 2.9 million. The number is up 55,750 for the year, or about 4,600 per month.

Jobs grew by 8,600 in December to 2.8 million – a record high. Atlanta’s job total is up 69,300 over the year – an average monthly increase of about 5,700.

New Atlanta career paths for victims of crime

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

The city is busy creating more Atlanta career paths for human trafficking victims.

The progressive legislation will help provide economic mobility and a road to self-sufficiency for young women who have experienced difficulty gaining living-wage employment due to poverty, sexual abuse and trafficking.

The newly announced initiative establishes a formal partnership between the City of Atlanta and Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy. Women on the career track of the Women’s Academy receive 10 weeks of career training, followed by a 12-week paid apprenticeship.

When a participating woman successfully completes the apprenticeship, she will be considered for full employment, one of the final steps towards independence from a life of trafficking. Through the unanimously-approved partnership, the City of Atlanta will work with Wellspring Living to employ Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy participants in an apprenticeship program following the completion of their career readiness training.

In January, Mayor Bottoms announced the establishment of a Senior Human Trafficking Fellow position within the City of Atlanta.

In April, Ouleye Warnock was appointed to the role, tasked with developing and implementing a Citywide policy blueprint on current anti-trafficking programs, critical gaps and recommended new or strengthened policies and practices.

In October, the City held its inaugural Human Trafficking Policy Roundtable, hosting more than 50 community leaders and experts to discuss new policy trends, adjustments being made to direct-services, the evolution of the healthcare delivery system, and opportunities for collaboration across the survivors’ services continuum.

The newly announced career path legislation is the most recent addition to a comprehensive suite of programs and services designed to eradicate human trafficking in the city of Atlanta.